Here are the top stories for Tuesday, May 9th: Democrats celebrate stimulus bill; Jury selection begins in trial of officer charged with George Floyd’s death; Buckingham Palace responds to interview; Heavy rain destroys homes in Hawaii.
ROBERT BUMSTED: This is “AP News Minute.”
House Democrats declared mission accomplished Tuesday ahead of the expected passage of a $1.9 trillion economic relief package. The bill includes stimulus checks of up to $1,400 for nearly 160 million households and an extension of unemployment benefits. The bill doesn’t include any minimum wage increases, something many progressive Democrats had hoped for.
Jury selection started Tuesday in the trial of the officer charged in the death of George Floyd. Derek Chauvin is charged with second degree murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death. Floyd was declared dead last May after Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for about nine minutes.
Buckingham Palace says it saddened to learn of the struggles by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan. It’s the first comment from the palace since the couple gave a bombshell interview to Oprah Winfrey detailing a toxic environment in the royal family. The statement said issues surrounding race that were raised are, quote, “concerning.”
In Hawaii, residents are being evacuated on the island of Maui after heavy rains washed out roads and threatened to breach a dam. The National Weather Service says more than 13 inches of rain fell in just eight hours on Monday. About half a dozen homes have been destroyed by the flooding so far.
Robert Bumsted, Associated Press, with “AP News Minute.”